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General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.4 tEmpty weight
2.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
sec15.8/15.8/15.0Turn Time
160 km/hStalling speed
IAR IAR-14KIVc32Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
680 km/hStructural
280 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
350 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.92 mm FN Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 400 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
1 х 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 2
2 х 50 kg SC50JA bomb
1 х 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 3
2 х Wfr.Gr.21 rocketsSetup 4
1 х 250 kg SC250JA bomb
2 х Wfr.Gr.21 rockets
Setup 5
1 000 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 800/2 000/1 220Repair
4 700 Sl icon.pngCrew training
32 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.18 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage IAR-81C.jpg

The IAR-81C is a premium rank II Italian fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X". It is the first domestic-produced Romanian plane in the game, added into the Italian tree.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 9 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 350
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
509 485 9 500 19.1 20.0 14.8 11.9 350


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
680 280 550 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 300 < 370 > 341
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,900 m 1,000 hp 1,090 hp

Survivability and armour

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Offensive armament

The IAR-81C is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, wing-mounted (175 rpg = 350 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm FN Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (700 rpg = 1,400 total)

The IAR-81C packs a considerable punch for its battle rating, including two MG 151's and two 7.7 mm machine guns for a total of 350 cannon rounds and 1,400 machine gun rounds. Naturally, the MG 151's found on this aircraft gain access to the powerful minengeschoß shells, making the vehicle a deadly force to be reckoned with for what it can face. The 7.7 mm machine guns found on this vehicle are adequate at best and provide the best effect when used with tracer rounds to provide more effective aiming when using stealth belts for cannons.

Suspended armament

The IAR-81C can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (100 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb + 2 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (350 kg total)
  • 2 x Wfr.Gr.21 rockets
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb + 2 x Wfr.Gr.21 rockets (250 kg total)

Where this vehicle really shines, however, is its access to a ground-pounding loadout of a 250 kg bomb and 2 x Wfr.GR.21 rockets. Although created for anti-bomber use, the Wfr.Gr.21 rockets are capable of shredding tanks it faces at its battle rating or above, penetrating even a tank's side armour with a near miss in some scenarios. With powerful HE shells for its cannons to demolish open-topped vehicles, a 250 kg bomb on a "trapeze"-style mount like those found on the Ju 87-series aircraft, and Wfr.Gr.21 rockets for engaging fast-moving tanks or more armored anti-aircraft vehicles from a distance (namely the Crusader AA Mk I or the AC Mk II AA), the IAR-81C provides the Italian tree with a vehicle that poses a serious threat to all but the most armoured vehicles or cautious anti-air.

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs R6 modification
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Great all-around aircraft that can dive with Bf 109s of equal rank and can turn with most aircraft


  • It cannot compete with most turn fighters
  • Lacks armour and survivability characteristics


After fulfilling several governments and licence contracts, the relatively young I.A.R. (Industria Aeronautică Română) company had enough resources and technical know-how to begin developing their own fighter aircraft. Taking inspiration from previous licenced projects, I.A.R. engineers initiated a private venture by beginning work on their own fighter aircraft in late 1937, which would later be known as the I.A.R. 80. As work was progressing slowly, the first prototype wasn’t completed until spring 1939. Initial testing produced positive results, proving that the I.A.R. 80 could be considered a modern fighter despite not matching the performance of contemporary Bf 109s and Spitfires. After addressing some minor issues and upgrading the prototype’s engine, the I.A.R. 80 was tested in a head-to-head competition with the German He 112. Impressed by the aircraft’s display, the Romanian government placed an order for 100 I.A.R. 80s to be produced, while only a limited number of He 112s were ordered for production. Despite starting production almost instantly after the order was placed, I.A.R. struggled to ramp up production as shortages on the Belgian-made FN Browning 7.92mm machine guns became an increasing issue in the wake of the German invasion of the Benelux states. By April 1941 however, with Romania joining the Axis, the armament shortages were temporarily addressed. Taking advantage of the opportunity, I.A.R. upgraded their fighter to the I.A.R. 80-A, increasing the number of machine guns to the initially proposed six and installing a more powerful engine, thus solving many initial concerns with the aircraft.

Even prior to Romania’s entry into WW2 in 1941, the government was keen on modernizing their stock of strike aircraft and dive bombers. The latter role was to be filled with the Ju 87 Stuka. However, as Germany initially refused to permit a licence production, I.A.R. came up with the proposal to convert some I.A.R. 80 fighters into dive bombers, creating the I.A.R. 81. These machines differed only from fighter models in the installation of a bomb rack underneath the fuselage, capable of suspending a 225 kg bomb. The I.A.R. 81-C was the final modification of this series, featuring upgraded MG 151/20 20mm cannons compared to previous versions. Around 150 examples of this modification were produced out of the approximate total of around 350 I.A.R. 80/81. By the end of the war, most of the I.A.R. 81s were not used in the dive bomber role and were instead used side by side with the I.A.R. 80 as fighters, most notably taking part in the famous defence of Ploesti against U.S. bombing raids in 1944. I.A.R. 80s continued their service with the Romanian air force after the end of WW2 and even into the early 1950s, before being replaced by more advanced Soviet counterparts.

- From Devblog


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 Falco · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 Freccia serie 2 · G.50 Freccia AS serie 7 · G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 Centauro serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN · Re.2002 Early · Re.2005 serie 0
Macchi  C.200 Saetta serie 3 · C.200 Saetta serie 7 · C.202 Folgore · C.202EC · C.205 serie 1 · C.205 serie 3 · C.205N2
Other countries  IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS

Italy premium aircraft
Light fighters  CR.32 bis · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
Fighters  IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · G.55S · G.91 R/4
Attackers  Hs 129 B-2 (Romanian Air Force)